Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour

Good morning everyone!  It looks like the start to another beautiful day here in the heart of North Carolina.  Perfect for a day of gardening or perhaps a stroll through the nursery here at Garden Supply.  Or, why not a little of both?  With all the wonderful new plants we have arriving daily, how can you help but want to get your garden on?  I know I can’t resist.

If a stroll through the garden is right up your alley, then the Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour, being held April17-18, is just the ticket.  Presented by the Chapel Hill Garden Club, the tour includes 8 gardens in the Eastwood Lake area, as well as the NC Botanical Garden.

Since their first tour in 1996, over $100,000 in proceeds have been donated to the NC Botanical Garden.  Their continued efforts help the Garden furnish their new Education Center, plant new landscapes, and provide additional programs for garden lovers of all ages.  Tour proceeds also help fund the educational and community outreach projects of the club, including teaching elementary students with their Seeds Program, maintaining a planter on Franklin Street, and purchasing garden tools for new owners of Habitat for Humanity houses. 

Now in their 79th year, the Chapel Hill Garden Club continues to be an integral part of the social fabric of our community.  They have an open membership policy and welcome anyone interested in gardening or learning about gardening.  For membership information and details about the garden tour, please visit their website.

We, at Garden Supply, are pleased to support the efforts of the Chapel Hill Garden Club and are thrilled to offer 2 free tickets to the upcoming garden tour.  Simply upload your favorite Garden Supply photo to our Facebook page before April 15th to be entered in our random drawing.  Winner will be announced at 12:00 pm.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!  I’ll see you back here soon for more snippets from the garden.

Lawn and Garden Care for April

Good morning everyone!  What beautiful weather we are having this week.  I don’t know about you, but these spring-like temperatures are making me want to get out in the garden and get my hands dirty!  And with the weekend fast approaching, now is the perfect time.  If you have been bit with a similar bug, here are a few lawn and garden tips to keep in mind for the month of April.

Fescue lawns will greatly benefit from a dose of Fertilome Weed Out which will kill any germinated weeds in the lawn.  Two applications may be necessary before temperatures steadily reach 90 degrees.  Be sure to apply ONLY to lawn areas, as it will damage plants and trees.  Additionally, now is the time for a second application of Hi Yield Crabgrass control.

Now is also the perfect time for mulch renewal around trees and shrubs.  Not only does mulch supress weed growth and help retain moisture in the soil, it just looks good.  Just be careful not to overdo it.  About 3 to 4 inches of mulch is enough for a shrub bed or under a tree.  Make sure the mulch doesn’t gather around the base of the tree and touch the bark.  This could invite rot damage and problems.

Mulch options at the garden center include shredded hardwood mulch and bark nuggets in bags, and pine needles in bushels, to name just a few.  We also offer triple shredded hardwood mulch in bulk.  We have a full menu and sample jars of all our mulches, composts, and landscape materials at the front desk in the Greenhouse to help you with your selection.  Delivery and mulch installation are available.  Call for details.

At Garden Supply, we have everything you need to get your yards in tip-top shape this spring.  We are here 7 days a week and are ready to assist you in achieving the perfect lawn and a beautiful garden.  Come talk to our experts. You’ll be glad you did.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy gardening!

Greenhouse Goodies

Hello everyone!  All of us at Garden Supply hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday with your families this past weekend.  We are so excited down at the garden center as we gear up for our busiest time of year.  Truck loads of new plants are arriving daily and the nursery is full to bursting with beautiful blossoms.  Stop by for a visit and see for yourself!

Annual bedding plants are now in stock.  We have tons of plants to choose from.  And although it’s turned hot these last few days, keep in mind that the last scheduled frost of the year is April 15th, still a week away.  Look for these friendly reminder posts while selecting your plants.  Our experts are on hand with advice and suggestions to get you through these last few cool nights.

For a larger flowering form in a shrub/tree variety, why not check out the elegant Tulip Magnolia.  Blooming now, this little charmer is sure to make it’s mark in your garden landscape.

This stunning hybrid has deep burgundy tulip-shaped flowers that appear in early spring before its 4- to 6-inch-long leaves unfurl. It makes an excellent small specimen tree, growing to 20 feet tall. It can be topped to form a hedge, and works well in large containers.

And for news from the Greenhouse, here’s another peek at our collection of Penny McAllister spring folk art figurines.

Penny McAllister’s whimsical and sweet collections bring new charm to folk art.  The sewing bug bit Penny at the tender age of 5.  Nearly 50 years later, the former elementary school librarian has woven her passion for folk art into a dream occupation, making paper mache creations full of wit and whimsy.

“The chip on my nose, the worn paint on my clothes…they’re all supposed to be there! I was designed this way, lovingly aged” by Penny McAllister

Here are a few other goodies that caught my eye this week in the Greenhouse.

What wonderful home decor items and gifts are to be found here.  And don’t forget, We offer free gift wrapping and we have gift certificates available in any dollar amount.

Thanks for spending a little time with us today.  Hope to see you back here soon for more snippets from the garden.

Happy Easter

Hello everyone!  Happy Easter weekend to you all!  Garden Supply will be closed tomorrow in honor of the Easter holiday.  However, today is a wonderful day to stop by the garden center.  We still have lots of “pink flamingo sale items” to be found featuring special discounts and promotions  throughout the nursery.  Here’s just one peek at Allison’s sale cart featuring plants selling for a mere 99 cents.  You can’t beat a deal like that.

And starting today, all remaining Easter decor is now 60% off

If you are looking for beautiful, unique home decor items, you need to come check us out. 

And if you are looking for gorgeous spring flowers for your table centerpiece, we’ve got you covered.

And Facebook fans…..don’t forget to upload your favorite Garden Supply photos to our page to be entered in a drawing to win two free tickets to the Chapel Hill Garden Tour this April 17-18th.  Winner will be chosen April 15th.

From all of us at Garden Supply, we wish you a very wonderful Easter.  We’ll see you back here on Monday for more snippets from the garden.

More of the Latest

With Spring being our busiest time down at Garden Supply, it seems impossible to walk the nursery without seeing more new plant arrivals, more goodies in the Greenhouse, and more beautiful blossoms in bloom.  And although the weather has turned a bit cold on us again, there are lots of options for planting right now, including cold-hardy choices and plant protection products.  Come see what we have available, and as always, our experts are on hand with the answers to all your gardening questions.

Here are a few of our latest and greatest that caught my eye this week.

Take a look at this very beautiful Lilac Daphne.  It has gorgeous lavander flowers which are not fragrant but make up for it on a bright spring day. This lovely plant would be very showy in your perennial bed.

More choices for the shade garden are arriving, too.  These ferns would be beautiful in your woodland landscape, or in hanging pots from your porch.

And a true gardener’s favorite, the tomato plant, is starting to arrive.

These little guys are still going to benefit from a bit of cold-weather protection.  We have just what you need.

These Dalene season starters have been around for years, and owner Keith Ramsey swears by them.  Fill the outer chambers with water and you are set to go.  They protect the plants when overnight temperatures drop below freezing.  Ideal for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons and other vining plants.

We also recomment giving your tomato plants a dose of self-release fertilizer.  You will grow bigger and juicier tomatoes with just one feeding of Dynamite Organic Mater Magic Premium Plant Food.  As always, we have everything you need to get started.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!  I’ll see you back here soon for more snippets from the garden.

Pink Sale

Good morning everyone!  Anyone ready for another sale???  We have a few great last minute deals for you which you will find throughout the nursery….just look for the pink flamingoes. (Harken back to your childhood, it’s just like an Easter Egg Hunt!)

-Blooming now…huge (15gal.) yellow Forsythia, buy 3 or more and get free planting!

-Pussy Willows, upright shrubs or the weeping, ornamental tree form, 50% off.

-Fabulously fragrant Winter Honeysuckles in all sizes, 50%off.

-Stylish and functional terra cotta colored Rainbarrels, reg.$149.00, now $99.00.

-“Yoshino” Cryptomeria, makes a great specimen or living border! 50% off  (7gal. and 15 gal. sizes only).

-“Allison’s Pick” Cart Sale, assorted shrubs and perennials past the peak of perfection but perfect for planting.

And finally, alot of you have been asking for the Butterfly Bushes, they’re in! (Not every variety, like “blue chip” is here yet but there’s enough of the others to get you started.)  The warm days have made us all want to get out there in the garden and change things up… we’ll ease in some warm season veggies and herbs, (like tomatoes and basil), and some warm season annuals (like geraniums, and such),but just reminder, the last official frost date for our zone is April 15th. So be careful, just under 50 degrees at night is enough to knock them back, so carry inside or cover.  Expect to see some early deliveries from us but the full complement of all that the growers have to offer will be closer to that date.  Last year we had frost on the 15th…..

So plan, prep, and be patient on the summer stuff. There’s plenty of other beauties to put in your garden now!

P.S. Just like eggs at an Easter Egg hunt, the sale will last until all the flamingoes are found!